Learning contracts in clinical education: evaluation by clinical supervisors
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Learning contracts can be a useful learning and evaluation tool within a clinical setting provided the supervisor shifts their role from one of imparter of knowledge to facilitator of learning. If this role is not assumed then a student's learning experience could be jeopardized. In a survey of 59 student supervisors, 90 percent found the learning contract to be a useful evaluation and teaching tool. Advantages stated suggest that the learning contract promotes negotiation between student and teacher, provides a flexible learning environment and promotes acquisition of self-directed learning skills. These qualities are important in a clinical or practical setting where learning experiences cannot be standardized.
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